2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Countryside Animal Hospital

2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours

Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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Picking Your Perfect Cat

If you have decided that a cat is the right pet for you then you may think that the decision making process is complete, but in fact you are still at the very beginning. Cats, like humans, are all very different and selecting one to suit your needs and lifestyle is vitally important as it will require the commitment of your love, care and attention for anything upwards of 10 years. Here is our guide to helping you pick your perfect cat.

Kitten or adult cat?

Many people instinctively choose kittens over adult cats and this is largely due to their childlike cuteness, curiosity and playful behavior. However they may not realize that they need a great deal of supervision, patience, attention and training. Leave unsupervised kittens in your sitting room for any period of time and you could be faced with a surprising level of destruction! It is also difficult to know exactly what personality they may develop once they outgrow their kitten traits. She may become a docile companion or she may continue to be a mischievous and energetic ball of fur.

It is also important to remember that if you are bringing a kitten into a home with very young children you will need to provide an added amount of supervision. This is because your child may be exhibiting the same curiosity and mischievous behavior as your kittens and will be unlikely to give them the gentle touch that they require.

By comparison, older cats may have outgrown some of that initial cuteness, but the typical behaviors that they exhibit after around the age of one will be a reliable indicator of their regular temperament.

Short vs long hair

Responsible pet owners always make sure that their pets are well groomed and in the case of longer hair animals this can prove to be a considerable commitment. Long fur will need to be brushed at least once per day to prevent matting and so if you opt for a long haired cat then you will need to ensure that you have sufficient time to dedicate to daily grooming.

Not all cats like bring groomed and if your cat doesn’t then you may have to enlist the services of a professional groomer. However if your cat is one that loves to be pampered then she will come running as soon as she sees her brush!

Personality and pure breed vs mixed breed

While pure breed cats tend to conform to what is known as a ‘breed standard’, meaning that you can predict their expected physical and behavioral characteristics based on breed type, each animal is still unique. Many people believe that purchasing a pure breed will not only guarantee its temperament, but will also ensure it has good health, but sadly this is not the case. Many pure breed animals suffer with genetic health problems due to inter-breeding.

It is also possible to estimate the physical and behavioral traits of mixed breed cats based upon the combination of breeds used to create it. For example combining two short haired, highly active breeds will be extremely likely to produce another short-haired highly active cat.

As we have said, whether pure or mixed breed, each cat is unique and will require handling to suit their personality. Some are sedentary, some are active, some love to be stroked and handled and others will only come to you for petting when it suits them. If you are looking for a companion cat then you would ideally be looking for a sedentary and tactile cat, whereas if you are looking for a cat to play with children then you should aim for an active breed.

Breed Hair Activity Noise Grooming
American Wirehair Short Medium Low More than once per week
Balinese Long High High More than once per week
Bengal Short High High Less than once a week
Bombay Short High High Less than once a week
Burmese Short High High Less than once a week
Chinchilla Long Low Low Daily
Exotic Shorthair Short Low Low Once Per Week
Japanese Bobtail (Long) Long Medium Medium Once Per Week
Japanese Bobtail (Short) Short Medium Medium Less than once a week
La Perms Long Hair Long Medium Medium Once per week
La Perms Short Hair Short Medium Medium Once per week
Maine Coon Long Medium Low More than once a week
Munchkin Long Medium Low Once per week
Ocicat Short High Medium Less than once a week
Oriental Short Hair Short High High Less than once a week
Persian Long Low Low Daily
Pixiebob Long Hair Long Medium Low Once per week
Pixibob Short Hair Short Medium Low Less than once a week
Ragdoll Long Low Low Daily
Savannah Short High Medium Less than once a week
Siamese Short High High Less than once a week
Showshoe Short High Medium Less than once a week
Somali Medium High Medium Once per week
Tokinese Short High High Less than once a week

We hope that you have found this article helpful and wish you every success in picking your perfect cat.

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Countryside Animal Hospital
2410 N. Highway 53
La Grange, KY 40031
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Office Hours
Mon: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tue: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Wed: 8:00am- 12:00pm
Thu: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am- 6:00pm
Sat: 7:30am- 1:00pm

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Reviews

4.8
Based on 373 reviews
V H.
V H.
Super friendly and helpful staff! My two dogs, Jaxon and Luna, were always nervous at other vets but countryside has a comfortable environment that... allows them to relax and get the care that they need. Definitely would recommend them to anyone with a furry friend.read more
Teresa J.
Teresa J.
This vet has treated our animals for everything from normal check ups and nail trim to hit by car and on death's door without ever leaving us... wondering if we could find better care, The entire staff is beyond amazing and the level of care is second to none!read more
Typical T.
Typical T.
They are very kind and caring. Very professional and knowledgeable. Everyone there is friendly and supportive. Wouldn’t take my dog anywhere else... even tho it a 50 minute drive to get there—the care they give is worth the drive.read more
Porter S.
Porter S.
My dog Boomer has been with Countryside for 3 years and they take care of us every time we have been there. The Doctor explains everything to you... that will keep your pet safe and healthy. Prices are very reasonable and even though some people might think they are expensive, I say that you get what you pay for and that is that your pet will be happy and healthy. Thanks to all the staff for taking good care of our family member, Boomer!!!!!read more
Glisseal !
Glisseal !
Very expensive. Nice people but they insist that every dog needs certain things and you know very well none of your previous dogs never needed it.... Location is very convient.read more
Maria G. (Sunset G.
Maria G. (Sunset G.
Fast friendly service. Reasonably priced. But the best part is Dr.Rainey who is very informative and knowledgable and he doesn't try to b.s. you! He... actually saved us money by letting us know that the food we were purchasing for our cat, actually wasn't doing a thing. We were told by our other vet that it would and we were purchasing it from him. That sold me on Countryside Vets!!read more
C P
C P
Dr Rainey and staff are incredible! The best veterinarian clinic that I’ve ever frequented.I have a deep respect and appreciation for Dr Rainey and... the way that he approaches my pet’s health with compassion, merging East and West philosophies, delivering premium care for my Marley, that’s individualized and specific to his healthcare needs.It’s more than a clinic, it’s a hospital staffed with people who genuinely love and care for animals. Dr Rainey performed extensive surgery on my dog and it’s amazing how quickly Marley is healing and recovering even with other comorbities.Everyone at the office has been so kind and offered me a level of peace even through some difficult decision-making regarding my dog’s care. Their medical expertise is top notch. Honestly, I’ve never been to a vet that I trusted more.So if you’re looking for a holistic approach to your pet’s healthcare needs, you’ve found the right place. I am beyond grateful that I found them.The drive from Louisville is nothing compared to the level of peace they will offer you.They’re just wonderful. ❤️Contessa Pantojaread more
Carrie M.
Carrie M.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are very caring and knowledgeable. Sophie was always happy to go to her appointments. They took very good care of Sophie and... she had a dental surgery & everything went well the staff is very nice and accommodating and Dr. Rainey is very knowledgeable. Their prices can’t be beat! I highly recommend Dr. Rainey and Countryside animal hospitalread more
Heather D.
Heather D.
Dr. Rainey saved my kitty Bandit. No other vet has been as caring, attentive or professional and I've taken him to SIX vets in town. Most wouldn't... help him, tried to put him to sleep!!I will never go anywhere else with my fur babies Dr. Rainey is literally the best vet in the greater Louisville area. I'm always in and out on time as well and the prices are very affordable, especially because he accepts Care Credit. Thank you Dr. Rainey and his nice staff. LT Dan Bandit is able to eat and have his life back thanks to you!!!!!read more
Robin C.
Robin C.
Wonderful service, very acknowledgeable and kind to my animals. Dr Rainey is a great veterinarian and I trust him with my animals. He is now my... veterinarianread more
Cory C.
Cory C.
The team here is nothing short of amazing. They are caring, professional, courteous, and take pride in what they do. They are great with our... animals, and we won't take them anywhere else. So glad we found Countryside.read more
Jennifer P.
Jennifer P.
I’ve been to several local vets in the area and the people here are great! Very responsive and friendly. Answered all my questions! Will take all my... animals here for years to come! Thank you!read more
Audrey B.
Audrey B.
We took our new fur babies, Alleigh and Rosco, for their first shots and a general check-up. I was very impressed with the staff and the cleanliness... of the facility. The staff was very thorough and kind. I highly recommend them.read more
Cassandra P.
Cassandra P.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are always so nice and sweet. Very caring and they treat my fur babies like there own. Highly Recommend them. You can't... find any better vet than them. I lost my Companion of 13 years (Snuggles) and they were so supportive and sent there sympathy. ❤️ I truly can't put there practice into words. Absolutely love this Place and all the Staffread more
Renee B.
Renee B.
I brought my dog for acupuncture treatments Everyone there is very nice and friendly . Dr Rainey takes time to explain things in detail. He was... even able to catch a kidney issue that we had no idea she had.read more
S.Diane S.
S.Diane S.
My animals have received excellent care from Dr. Rainey and his compassionate, friendly staff at Countryside Animal Hospital and I can't recommend... them enough.read more
Chris A.
Chris A.
Everyone there is extremely professional and caring. We had to put our dog down, and they were very accommodating and polite. I would highly... recommend them.read more
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
Bailey loves her new diet! It has stopped her stomach issues and she is thinner and full of life! She eats salmon, green beans and sweet potatoes!!... This makes sense now more than ever with everything I have seen with dogs sharing similar dna to humans.read more
Rhonda F.
Rhonda F.
Rhonda FullerWe sought out a good animal vet and staff due to the severe abuse from Covid and the restrictions when we lost our last dog due to vet... clinic abuse. We prayed feverently and found Countryside Animal Hospital. We realize the vet does not perform major surgeries and this has been very important to us due to the ongoing Covid restrictions from other vet offices. We like the smaller clinic environment, and the assistant Amy is so good with our dogs. We appreciate Dr. Rainey and his care for our dogs.read more
mary W.
mary W.
Very reasonable surgical prices, kind compatonate staff. Truly cares about my senior dogs health and wellbeing! Just moved here from out of state... this is for sure my new vet!read more
candice L.
candice L.
We just moved to the area and hadn't established care with a vet yet. My English Bulldog had an urgent need to be seen and I brought her in to... Countryside Animal Hospital. Dr. Rainey was quick to assess that she needed emergent care at a vet hospital and recommended the best facility that could meet her needs quickly. Once released I took her back to help manage the chronic condition she was diagnosed with and couldn't be happier with his expertise! She is now doing well and his recommendations solved an issue that we didn't realize she had for years. I highly recommend Countryside Animal Hospital!read more
Mary Jo D.
Mary Jo D.
My dog is very anxious. The staff did well with him and our visit went better than I expected. Dr. Rainey and the rest of the staff are very kind and... take the time to listen to any concerns.read more
Robert O.
Robert O.
Everyone there is very helpful, friendly, and professional. I believe you are very thorough in the care you give SanDee. The only drawback is this... care is a bit expensive.read more
Christina G
Christina G
We came in because it was time to say goodbye to our sweet dog. The staff was kind and respectful. They explained everything about how our dog would... react and what to expect. For such a sad time for our family the staff were comforting, which we very much appreciate. I'd recommend them to anyone who is looking for a wonderful Veterinarian office for your fur babies.read more
L.W. M.
L.W. M.
My cat has a unique problem I wanted someone with a background in alternative treatments to look at. The long drive was worth it. I really... appreciated Dr. Rainey’s diagnosis and the care he showed my Daisy. Very warm and knowledgeable. His Tech, Moriah was also very friendly and helpful, also … I would highly recommend Countryside.read more
Adonya A.
Adonya A.
Recently came to Dr Rainey for our little guys congenital liver disease. Where previous vets/providers had us in a tailspin he immediately started... acupuncture and homeopathic care. It's been two weeks and we are seeing remarkable improvements. The staff are super friendly and Dr. Rainey is amazing!read more
Lola H.
Lola H.
I have been bringing my baby to Dr. Rainey since she was 8 weeks old. She still has a tiny bit of anxiety when she gets back to the exam room but the... staff and Dr. Rainey are great with her. She leaves there just as happy as when she arrived. I feel his prices are fair and affordable and Dr. Rainey and his staff have always been friendly and inviting every time we have come in.read more
Valerie K.
Valerie K.
Our lab was attacked by a pit at Morgan Park. 3" laceration, torn ACL. We went unscheduled to Dr Rainey. They took us right in. He made a rapid... accessment. Printed out details and estimate of what he may have to do. We agreed with his judgement left our lab over nite. Next day Doc calls. "Looks like minor surgery on the wound, pain pills and antibiotic, he should be fine." He was a new dog to us! Not only was Doc Rainey accurate with his diagnosis but he did exactly what he said he would do and charged exactly what he estimated it to be. So refreshing to have such an experienced vet with integrity. Great caring staff as well, thank you! Brian, Val & Lakerread more
Jackie C.
Jackie C.
Dr. Rainey and staff are awesome! They were able to give all vaccines needed to my normally scared, anxious dog without medicating her first, like... our previous vet did. He also did an amazing surgery on my cat’s back after she met up with a raccoon and her fur started peeling off. Excellent care!!read more
Sierra J.
Sierra J.
My dogs have been coming here for several years now. I love that they offer traditional approach or holistic. My dog was near death and acupuncture... got her back on her feet quickly. I've been coming back ever since. I'm very happy with their service and appointment availability. I'm able to come on Saturday so it doesn't interfere with work. The staff are super friendly and Dr. Rainey is very knowledgeable!read more
Melissa M.
Melissa M.
Dr Rainey is by far the best! He saved my baby girl Eclipse with careful monitoring from early onset of pneumonia. I’m glad I brought her in when I... did. She is in her senior years now. Dr Rainey has provided our family the best vet care for over 10 years. My family has lots of pets and could not ask for a better doctor. He provided the best care and prolonged my other pets life with what could have been shorter than it was. I’m grateful for the service and his veterinary knowledge with animals. Dr Rainey and his staff are kind and very professional and caring to your animals. Thank you for taking such good care of Eclipse and Zeke and all the other fur babies in our family. Much gratitude for all you do!read more
Robbin M.
Robbin M.
We took our new puppy to Countryside for her first visit. The staff was so friendly and welcoming to us. Dr. Rainey was good at explaining... everything to us. what was an issue with her and what things covered. Puppy had a issue next day, and they took her in immediately, no waiting. thank you.read more
Patricia O.
Patricia O.
Dr. Rainey is wonderful!He is quality over quantity and was very present at our consultation for our dog's health.He explained what he would be... doing, why he had to do it, and how he came to the conclusions.He educated us so that we didn't require blind faith but we understood the what's, the why's, the when's and the how's.He gave clear instructions with a calm bedside manner.I thought the costs were a bit pricey but about the same as any other vet.He didn't try to upsale us on unnecessary things.This visit was thumbs up!A+read more
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